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Today's Opinions

  • No disrespect to handicapped

    My name is Stephanie Brewer and I think that I am the person that the Hotline caller was referring to in “How can they do that.”
    I am very sorry if I offended anyone who saw my truck parked by town hall, however I wanted to set the record straight on the handicapped parking spaces in Fries near the town hall.
    I spoke with the town clerk and she told me that there are three parking spots in front of Fries Town Hall. The spot in the middle, right in front of the door to town hall, is a handicapped-accessible parking spot with a clearly marked wheelchair symbol.

  • Senior citizens' benefits being taken away

    I hope everyone knows about all the tricky little laws in our government. I wasn’t educated in government, but I’m learning.
    They have certain laws, then they have these tricky little riders to overcome the laws they just passed.
    Let me explain: I am 80 years old. I have worked all my life. I went on Social Security at age 65 and I hardly made it without any extra help.
    Then they took away our Social Security raise. And I had to go back to work because food, fuel, electricity and water got a little raise, too.

  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story
  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story

    By Lewis and Joanie Walker of Independence

    When Laura George presented her proposed project, the Oracle Retreat Center, to the Grayson Board of Supervisors for approval on June 10, 2010, freedom of speech was exercised by 28 citizens.
    Sixteen others voiced their views through letters and phone calls.
    Though many of the remarks by local people expressed opposition on religious grounds, the board declined the project based on common sense building principles.

  • Resource officers should stay in schools

    Times have changed in our society and particularly in today’s public schools.
    Administrators in previous years addressed a painted football field before a big game or the mischievous theft of the school mascot.
    Today’s concerns are hit lists that threaten the safety of our students and teachers, as well as deadly weapons confiscated from lockers, back packs and vehicles.
    Great emphasis is placed on school fire drills and safe student evacuations. Thankfully, student deaths related to school fires are practically nonexistent.

  • God can't be separated from our nation

    Editor's note: This letter is in response to an editorial in the Aug. 22-23 edition, about a religious discrimination lawsuit against Grayson, filed by a group that says religion was at the root of the county denying a zoning request.

    In answer to the editorial that religion has no place…
    For the past few years, everything that mentions God’s name or has God’s name on it has been the source of fighting and lawsuits.

  • Americans caught in the middle

    What a sorry state of affairs that continues to plague our country.
    From a political tug of war in Congress and the White House over spending, a huge deficit that keeps growing, the name-calling and finger-pointing goes on.
    In the middle of this squabbling is the American people. Not only are children left behind, it is the workers, taxpayers, the breadwinners and the ones that don’t have a voice in decision-making.

  • Kroger helped Red Cross raise money

    Thanks to our friends at Kroger of Galax and its vendors for their support during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention when the Red Cross participated in a special Kroger Days celebration.
    Their staff provided a trailer from which we could serve our food items and even organized several bands to entertain our “diners!”
    We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to raise funds for vital disaster services, assistance to military families, and health and safety education in Carroll, Wythe, and Grayson counties as well as Galax city.